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Molly Doetzel wasn’t going to be denied, though that’s what she’s best at doing to others. The senior defender was the defensive anchor for the Knights, who took home the state soccer crown with a 4-1 win over Rapid City Central on Saturday in Mitchell.
A year ago in the state semifinals, Doetzel tore her ACL and the Knights fell short of a crown.
“We didn’t have any idea at the beginning of the year how well she’d return,” said coach Ryan Beier, “and she was full speed, if not better than full speed.”
Doetzel used that speed, and tenacity, to neutralize opponents’ top scoring threats. In 15 games, with Doetzel surging to the ball and cutting off attackers, the Knights allowed just six goals. Her stout defensive play also opened things up for O’Gorman’s offense.
“Because Molly was back there holding our ground and organizing the defense,” Beier said, “we were able to send our attackers forward and loose.”
Beier said Doetzel was a leader by example. A senior standout in every way.
ABOUT MOLLY DOETZEL
•With Doetzel leading the defense, O’Gorman gave up just six goals in 15 games
•The Knights allowed just over three shots a game, with 48 on the year